WISCONSIN — In recent weeks, we have seen an increase in computers, devices, and accounts being hacked. If you fall victim to a hack, here is what you need to do to protect your information:
In addition to changing passwords on your accounts, computers, and mobile devices, you may want to change the password on your wi-fi hotspot and router.
However, changing passwords or closing accounts may not stop a criminal from using your personal information to open other accounts. In addition to having fraud alerts put into place, you may want to consider having a credit freeze placed on your account with the three major credit reporting bureaus (Equifax, Experian and Transunion).
It is also a good idea to check your credit report regularly. You can request a free report here.
Keep in mind, that although you may have done all that you can to protect a criminal from accessing or applying for a new account, this may not stop a criminal from posing as you and filing a fraudulent tax return or obtaining medical services. It is important to also take steps to have fraud alerts put into place with IRS and medical providers to protect against tax and medical I.D. theft.
For more information on how to protect against identity theft, click here.